Tuesday, 04 December 2007 21:34
Governor Mike Easley presented a plan approved by the
Council of State to provide up to $3.5 million to get hay for drought-stricken
The plan will provide money to purchase hay from other
states and transport it to North Carolina. The hay would be sold to farmers at
the lowest cost possible. A press release from Easley’s office estimates that
the state needs about 100,000 rolls of hay at a cost of about $30 per roll to
keep cattle and horses fed through the winter.
Late summer hay production was predicted to be 897,000 tons,
a 45 percent drop from last year.
The Council of State unanimously voted to authorize
the purchasing plan.